Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance
About Goodbye, Mexico: Poems of Remembrance:
Goodbye, Mexico gathers over 70 unpublished poems that answer the question: What do you remember about Mexico?
Mexico will never be the same as during the last half of the Twentieth century. The narco-violence by the drug cartels has done much to ravage Mexico’s border and internal cultures. The country has also been altered irrevocably by the complexities of globalization and by its own inability to shore up a desperately struggling middle class and a failed tourist industry.
Many Americans, who previously traveled to Mexico or lived in close proximity to its vibrant border culture, feel a deep sense of loss for the Mexico that they knew and loved. This loss engenders memory; memory engenders poems.
Yet, just as each person has his own unique experience of Mexico, each poet has his own complex reactions to remembering Mexico and its people. The varied and strong voices of accomplished poets reaching into memory and beyond nostalgia fill this volume. Whether the recollections are sharp or sad, hilarious or tragic, celebratory or condemning, the poems are generated by the desire to remember, to honor, or to document that which is no longer possible in Mexico, or, if possible, is no longer enjoyed with the youthful insouciance of the pre-narco era.
About Sarah Cortez:
Sarah Cortez, member of the Texas Institute of Letters, is the author of an acclaimed poetry collection, How to Undress a Cop, and winner of the PEN Texas literary award in poetry. She has also edited Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery and Indian Country Noir (Akashic Books) and You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens. Also released to critical acclaim in 2013 is Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence (Arte Público Press), which won a 2013 Border Regional Library Association Award for Southwest Book of the Year and the 2013 International Latino Book Award for Latino Focused Non-Fiction (Bilingual).